Beware of thieves and pick pockets
07.09.2008 - 09.09.2008 19 °C
Arrived in London after the long haul from Australia and found the shoe box that I would call home for the next few days in Notting Hill. Nice, but not very big. No cat swinging here.
Did the obligitory tourist thing and wandered around to see the changing of the guard and took in the British Museum and Museum of Natural History. Easily a day each at each of the museums but I took the abridged tour. their collections are so vast.
On to business and the pre arranged visit to Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform - Oil and Gas section, to discuss management of petroleum rights for methane gas extraction at operational and abondoned mines. Interestingly the rights to exploit mineral resources are not managed by a single department in the UK, with coal being dealt with seperately to oil and gas, while other minerals are apparently privately owned. Health and Safety within the mines is seperate again.
Licences for methane are relatively simple, but worthless without development consent from the local councils or the agreement of the Coal Authority (I'll find out more about that next week).